Division I - Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering

Division I comprises twenty KIT research institutes, the KIT Department of Chemistry and Biosciences and the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering as well as the Helmholtz Research Field Information with P2 - Natural, Artificial and Cognitive Information Processing (NACIP) und P3 - Materials Systems Engineering (MSE).

Together we are focusing on our new research theme "Material and energy cycles in circular economy, life science engineering, process technology and digitalization". In this way, we research and teach the latest processes and methods of material and energy conversion for the circular economy and build a synergistic bridge to the life sciences. In terms of content, the size scales are addressed both theoretically and experimentally from nanogram synthesis to the near-industrial ton scale. All research in Division I is geared to the requirements of a resource-efficient data-based society.

Professor Dr. Andrea Robitzki has been Head of Division I since February 15th, 2020,

Head of Division Prof. Andrea Robitzki
Head of Division I

Prof. Dr. Andrea Robitzki







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Material and energy circuits in circular economy, life science engineering, process technology and digitization

Microscopy of a nucleus: Transcription factories are colored orange, activated genes light blue. The nucleus has about one tenth of the thickness of a human hair. (Figure: Working groups Nienhaus and Hilbert, KIT)
How Cells Correctly Choose Active Genes

Formation of Transcription Factories Resembles Condensation of Liquids – KIT Researchers Report in Molecular Systems Biology

Joyce Schmatz, MaP - Microstructures and Pores GmbH, and Jana Kumberg, KIT Scanning electron microscopy of a multi-layered electrode cross section: Different active materials are used for the layers and applied simultaneously. (Figure: Joyce Schmatz, MaP
Simultaneous Concept Accelerates Production of Electrodes

Far Shorter Drying Times without Capacity Losses of the Battery – Results Are Reported in Energy Technology.

A solid electrolyte helps optimize the reactivity, safety, and performance of solid-state batteries. (Photo: Xilai Xue, KIT)
Research for Safe Solid-state Batteries

Within the ALANO Project, Industry and Science Develop Innovative Concepts for Accumulators with a Lithium-metal Anode – KIT Researchers Study Electrochemistry.

The StoRIES research consortium will accelerate the development of innovative hybrid energy storage systems. (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)
StoRIES: New Push for Energy Storage Research in Europe

In Line with the “Green Deal” in Europe, a New Research Consortium on Energy Storage Starts Work at KIT.

The sensor unit consists of a graphene field effect transistor on which a surface-mounted metal-organic framework is grown. (Figure: Sandeep Kumar, KIT)
Innovative Sensor Specifically and Precisely Detects Molecule

Graphene Transistor with Metal-organic Coating for Sensitive and Selective Detection – Publication in Advanced Materials.

At Energy Lab 2.0., KIT’s scientists study and test hydrogen and associated processes. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)
Hydrogen Technologies: KIT Is Involved in All Three German Lead Projects

Research to Accelerate Production, Transportation, and Use of Green Hydrogen.

Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT With a promising combination of cathode and electrolyte, the HIU researchers aim to make a very high energy density possible. (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)
Record-breaking Lithium-metal Cell

Nickel-rich Cathode and Ionic Liquid Electrolyte Enable Extremely High Energy Density and Good Stability – Researchers Report in Joule.

Green hydrogen is a hope for the energy transition. Successful use, however, requires detailed understanding of its production processes. (Photo: Pascal Armbruster, KIT)
Green Hydrogen: Focus on the Catalyst Surface

For the First Time, Researchers Study the Behavior of a Catalyst for Water Electrolysis on the Atomic Level.